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Life after Concrete: Imagining the Future of the LA River

March 27, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This is the fifth event of the 2022-23 Mellon Sawyer Seminar Precarious Ecologies: Science and Social Justice in the Production of Environmental Knowledge.

Nearly a century after it was encased in concrete for flood control, the LA River has in recent years become a source of hope for a renewed urban ecology, as well as a site of controversy over how to achieve this vision. Artists, activists, landscape designers and others have worked to imagine what the river might become, whether for green space starved Angelenos or for our city’s nonhuman inhabitants. This panel, part of the Mellon Sawyer series on “Precarious Ecologies,” brings together a range of thinkers to examine the possibilities and constraints of a revitalized LA River.

Panelists include artist Lauren Bon, landscape architect Jessica Hanson, activist mark! Lopez, anthropologist Sayd Randle, and Kizh-Gabrieliño tribal biologist Matthew Teutimez. USC historian William Deverell will serve as moderator.



March 27, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


USC Dornsife Center on Science, Technology and Public Life
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Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089 United States
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